Hitting the snake or the nebula on the head, rather than fighting, this now seems to be the preferred strategy to oppose terrorism in the Sahel. It is, moreover, in this capacity that Adnan Abou Walid Al Sahraoui was killed by a strike from Barkhane, a few weeks ago already.
The announcement made early in the morning of this Thursday, September 16, 2021 on the Twitter account of French President Emmanuel Macron, recounting the death of this terrorist whose head is being put to a price by many countries (reward offer of up to $ 5 million for identifying or locating information), lends itself to no ambiguity as to the veracity of the thing. Adnan Abou Walid Al Sahraoui and the Islamic State in the Grand Sahara (EIGS) group had been designated as enemy number one during the G5 Sahel summit in Pau in January 2020 and we therefore understand the haste of the announcement of the death of the ‘obscurantist by the Elysee Palace once its identity has been proven.
Already in May, a head of the organization Islamic State in the Great Sahara, Abdel Hakim Al Sahraoui had been given for dead, on Nigerian soil, following an illness which had practically weakened him. This disappearance is a blow for the EIGS especially since the man was considered as the end strategist of the organization and one of the strong supporters of his mentor Adnan Abou Walid Al Sahraoui, the emir of the EIGS. Two other executives of the group of the Islamic State in the Great Sahara (EIGS), unfortunately no longer responding to the soft pseudo of Al Sahraoui, Issa Al Sahraoui and Abou Abderahmane Al Sahraoui in this case.
The unfortunate people were killed, “neutralized” in this, by the French Armed Forces (FAF) of the Barkhane force, one night of Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Mali, according to information communicated by the office of the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly . Issa Al Sahraoui, was the “logistics and financial coordinator of EIGS”, while Abou Abderahmane Al Sahraoui, “was responsible for pronouncing survival or death judgments”. The announcement, one suspects, was suspended from the assurance of identities lost somewhere in the Sahel between Niger and Mali. It is almost in this same area that Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui was, in turn, shot dead at the end of August.
But in the affair of these “Sahrawis” the one that should interest the audience the most is undoubtedly, this true Al Sahraoui precisely, unfortunately no longer answering (twice) to his soft pseudo, we will name Adnan Abou Walid Al Sahraoui from his real name, Lahbib Ould Ali Ould Saïd Ould Joumani, without any comma between the “oulads”. He would have been born according to the biographers in 1973 or 1979. But what we can assure is that he was indeed born in Laâyoune before going into exile in Algeria where we find him at the end of the 80s. , as a student and militant with the separatists of the Polisario with whom, moreover, he will engage. He will be trained there and will sharpen his first weapons as a terrorist apprentice with the separatist movement. In 2012, he will join the Movement for Uniqueness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) where he will spend two years before bowing to Al Mourabitoune and Mokhtar Belmokhtar said the One-eyed, Algerian by nature before “ Sahrawi “or” sahel “and which, alas, either, will no longer respond to its sweet nickname (ter).
After taking the strip, he will end up making an obligation of obedience and loyalty to ISIS. Untenable, he will split with his mentor and found the Islamic State in the great Sahara. Main feat of arms of this terrorist, the death of 11 Nigerien soldiers during the attack on Tilwa in Niger. Otherwise, daily life is like that of all the terrorist groups that are rife in the Sahel, namely terrorizing the populations by causing many deaths and displaced persons through the killings of civilians, the kidnappings of people, theft of cattle, robberies, looting …
However, even if we can rejoice at the death of this plague which is a hard blow for its troops, the battle against obscurantism is far from being folded in this region of the continent (three borders – Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger) with regard to the groups that still operate there with complete impunity. The GSIM, the great rival of the EIGS, counts in its ranks bloodthirsty jihadist leaders like Iyad Ag Ghali emir of Ansar Dine, Djamel Oukacha emir of AQIM in the Sahara, Amadou Koufa, emir of the katiba Macina, Abou Hassan Al-Ansari who replaced Mokhtar Belmokhtar as emir of Al Mourabitoune and Abou Abderrahmane El Senhadji said the judge of AQIM. All these beautiful people are mainly of Algerian origin and for the most part, they have established themselves in the Sahelo-Saharan region with the goodwill and the obvious complicity of the Algerian services of the ANP and the Polisario.